Month: March 2017

Wilson Park master plan unveiled by city at chamber coffee March 30

The City of Arkansas City has released an official master plan for Wilson Park, including the property that once housed the city-owned hospital. During Thursday morning’s Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce coffee, City Manager Nick Hernandez shared plans for the property. The first, most obvious change that will be seen is the refurbishment of the train located in the east part of Wilson Park. The city is concerned that a failure to address some of the peeling paint on the train could be a future safety issue. Some of the older paint on the train was lead-based. Additionally, there are many sharp metal edges that need to be smoothed down. A fence was erected around the train on Wednesday. A structure will be constructed soon to support materials that will encase the area and prevent any lead from escaping into the environment while the train is sandblasted to remove any traces of the old paint. Afterward, the train will benefit from some metal fabrication before receiving a brand-new coat of epoxy paint from Rob Carroll Sandblasting. “This process won’t be a fast one,” Hernandez said. “It will probably be a couple of months.” Master plan overview However, the train restoration is only the beginning of the master plan, which was two years in development by a citizen-led steering committee. The entire project is meant to bring the community...

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Three-bean salad a scrumptious springtime snack, also cans and keeps well

Spring is officially here, which means fresh vegetables, fruits and legumes will be available before we know it. When my great-grandmother harvested her garden or was able to buy these ingredients from the store, this is a salad that she made in bulk. If made from fresh ingredients, this three-bean salad can be canned for future consumption. Ingredients 2 cups (or one can) cut green beans 2 cups (or one can) yellow wax beans 2 cups (or one can) dark red kidney beans 1 large onion, sliced medium thin and broken into pieces 1/2 cup green sweet pepper, cut medium to fine 1 small jar sliced pimiento 3/4 cup sugar 2/3 cup vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon salt Pepper to taste Instructions Each variety of beans must be cooked separately, with new, fresh water, because raw red kidney beans can be poisonous. Boil the green and wax beans for five minutes, and then allow to cool. Repeat the same process for the kidney beans, but cook for 10 minutes. Mix the beans, onion, sweet pepper and pimiento together in a medium bowl. Stir the sugar, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper together until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the sugar mixture over the vegetables and mix well. Cover and refrigerate the salad overnight for best results. This salad keeps well. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens...

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Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department seeks paramedics to fill shortage

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department is looking for a few good recruits. Due to attrition, ACFD has been understaffed for more than six months. Right now, the most pressing need is for more paramedics. “We’re having trouble finding paramedics,” said Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe. “It’s a problem not unique to us.” Across the nation, there are reports of shortages of paramedics. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are found more easily because of the lower level of education required for the position. Paramedics are able to provide more thorough emergency medical assistance because they are qualified to do more than EMTs. Ark City has a paramedic education program close to home at Cowley College’s Allied Health Center at Baden Square in Winfield. The Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services, which “regulates EMS education in Kansas, requires that all paramedic graduates, at a minimum, be conferred an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) upon program completion,” the Cowley College website states. The paramedic classes can be taken in 12- or 14-month blocks. Financial aid might be available to some students. The 12-month cohorts start each January, while the 14-month program is offered in two versions — one in conjunction with Butler Community College, and one with Neosho County Community College and Flint Hills Technical College. Paramedic students must complete a criminal background check prior to any clinical or field rotations. However, in...

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McDonald’s Used Books ranked fourth on list of top 10 Kansas bookstores

McDonald’s Used Books recently was ranked fourth on a list of the top 10 bookstores in Kansas. “It doesn’t matter if you are an avid reader or a once-in-a-while reader, you are always welcome to browse the books shelved at McDonald’s Used Books in Arkansas City,” Cindy Lockstone said in the article ranking the bookstores. McDonald’s Used Books has been open for 14 years and is located at 314 S. Summit St. Holly Unruh, who co-owns and operates the store, took over last December. Since then, she has made a few, mostly aesthetic changes to the store. “I added color and art, plants, and even a couple of cats,” Unruh said. The cats’ names are Stitches and Winter. But she credits Patrick McDonald with the success of the business. “Patrick put 14 years into making it a great bookstore,” she said. “I have kept everything the same, as far as the way it was run before. Trade-in accounts and the name of the store (have not changed).” The bookstore has a plethora of genres available, including romance, Westerns, mysteries, thrillers, horror, science fiction and adventure. Some of the titles even are available in large print. “(We carry) adult coloring books, as well,” Unruh said. Trade-ins are welcomed in all genres of books. “For trade-ins, I give store credit for the books you bring in,” she explained. “When you want...

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Medicaid expansion vetoed by Brownback despite passing House, Senate

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed Medicaid expansion for the state, citing the costs of doing so as one of the reasons he chose to kill the expansion after it passed through both the Kansas House and Senate. “The cost of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is irresponsible and unsustainable. … this bill is not budget neutral, instead placing a burden on the budget of unrestrainable costs,” Brownback said in a message regarding his veto of House Bill 2044. He also indicated that the bill “led to an increase” in funding for Planned Parenthood. “This legislation ensures a significant increase in state and federal Medicaid dollars funneled towards abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Kansas is a pro-life state, respecting the value of dignity of each unique human life,” Brownback said. “Our citizens do not want their tax dollars supporting organizations that are antithetical to human dignity. We cannot and will not support this legislation that continues to fund organizations that undermine a culture of life.” News reports Thursday indicated the House might be considering trying to overturn the veto. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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